In clinical practice the topics of faith, God, and spirituality are commonly explored, and can be sources of healing and resilience for clients. However, mental health conditions such as PTSD can interfere with clients’ sense of connection to God, or more broadly, their spiritual identity. This seminar teaches attendees the neural bases of God and faith, and cites neuroimaging evidence from neurotheology suggesting that our capacity to connect to a higher power is both wired in the brain, and at the same time not “just in our heads.” Ways to reconnect with God and the spiritual self through brain-based treatment after trauma will be discussed.
a). Name at least one area of the brain involved in prayer, and one area of the brain involved in spiritual communication.
b). Discuss how trauma can disrupt clients’ connection to God and/or their spiritual self.
c). State at least one tool that can help clients reconnect with God and/or their spiritual self.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Instructor(s): Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA
Material Author(s): Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA
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